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Dr. Julie Abbott
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Acarbose (Overview)

Acarbose is a diabetes-related agent which is a kind of nutritional or metabolic agent.


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What is the correlation between acarbose and weight loss with pcos?

What is the correlation between acarbose and weight loss with pcos?

PRECOSE!: Acarbose is an alpha-glucosidase inhibitor, the enzyme in your small intestine that chops up starch into sugar, almost immediately. Taking this drug before meals with starch discourages the release of insulin, which is a major cause for obesity. There are a number of reports suggesting modest weight loss, but has been shown to delay onset of type 2 dm. ...Read more

Dr. Julie Abbott
17 doctors shared insights

Acarbose (Overview)

Acarbose is a diabetes-related agent which is a kind of nutritional or metabolic agent.


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Is it possible/safe to use acarbose to loss weight ?

Is it possible/safe to use acarbose to loss weight ?

Modest wt. loss!: It is a safe drug, which may cause gas. Acarbose is an alpha-glucosidase inhibitor, the enzyme in your small intestine that chops up starch into sugar, almost immediately. Taking this drug before meals with starch discourages the release of insulin, which is a major cause for obesity. There are a number of reports suggesting modest weight loss, but has been shown to delay onset of type 2 dm. ...Read more

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Is it normal to be prescribed metformin & acarbose when i'm not diabetic ?

Is it normal to be prescribed metformin & acarbose when i'm not diabetic ?

In prediabetes: Both of these medications have been studied in patients with "pre diabetes" - abnormal blood sugars either when they are fasting or after meals, but not in the range we would see in diabetes. Both have been shown to decrease the risk of going on the develop diabetes. ...Read more

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How is acarbose used and what about weight loss with pcos?

How is acarbose used and what about weight loss with pcos?

Dec. carb absorption: Acarbose is used in diabetes to decrease the absorption of carbohydrates. It can cause a mild weight loss which in turn decreases Insulin resistance, thereby improving pcos. ...Read more

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Please share side effects of acarbose?

Please share side effects of acarbose?

Acarbose side effect: Acarbose can be a helpful addition to the treatment of type 2 diabetes. The medication blocks the digestion and absorption of dietary sugars in the intestinal tract. The most common side effects are bloating, increase in intestinal gas and abdominal pain. Starting at a very small dose and gradually increasing the amount taken with each meal can help decrease these side effects. ...Read more

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I am 20 years old , so can I use acarbose to lose weight ? Does it may cause diabetes in the future after using it for long time ?

I am 20 years old , so can I use acarbose to lose weight ? Does it may cause diabetes in the future after using it for long time ?

No: Acarbose will not significantly help with weight loss and it will not cause diabetes. A study actually showed that Acarbose may help prevent the progression from pre-diabetes to diabetes. ...Read more

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What is the best usage for acarbose tablets?

What is the best usage for acarbose tablets?

Several: If have pre diabetes, can prevent/ delay overt diabetes. With diabetes controls post-eating blood sugars but many people can't tolerate for its stomach side-effects. ...Read more

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Is it possible/safe to use acarbose to loss weight ?

Modest wt. loss!: It is a safe drug, which may cause gas. Acarbose is an alpha-glucosidase inhibitor, the enzyme in your small intestine that chops up starch into sugar, almost immediately. Taking this drug before meals with starch discourages the release of insulin, which is a major cause for obesity. There are a number of reports suggesting modest weight loss, but has been shown to delay onset of type 2 dm. ...Read more

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Can you use acarbose or glucobay or precose for weight?

Can you use acarbose or glucobay or precose for weight?

Fast - no.: This is a reasonable medicine to help with weight loss. It is a starch blocker, and inhibits Alpha glucosidase, an intestinal enzyme that releases glucose from larger carbohydrates. But, fast weight loss is only temporary. Be patient and make a real change. ...Read more

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